Bill Cosby arrived at the magistrate’s office in Elkins Park, Penn. to be arraignment on 3 charges of sexual assault that were filed by the Montgomery County district attorney this Wednesday morning. Cosby was also ordered to surrender his passport after posting 10 percent in cash of a $1 million bond.
Montgomery County District Attorney-elect Kevin Steele said at an initial news conference: “Upon examination of all of the evidence, today we are able to seek justice on behalf of Mr. Cosby’s victim,”
Former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand told police Cosby drugged and violated her at his home in Cheltenham Township, near Philadelphia, in January 2004. She was identified in the affidavit of probable cause against Cosby.
Montgomery County prosecutors had until a January 2016 to file criminal charges against Cosby because of the 12-year statute of limitations for felony sex assault.
Over 40+ women came forward last year and claimed the married comedian drugged and raped them or touched them inappropriately in past decades. The accusers have included aspiring actresses and supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson.
A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 14. If found guilty Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender.